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Flyers Release Statements on Claude Giroux's Butt-Grabbing Incident

Claude Giroux likes butts, okay?

The Flyers captain was arrested on Tuesday for grabbing the buttocks of an Ottawa police officer, as reported by the Ottawa Sun. The report also states alcohol was involved.

Giroux was released from jail Wednesday.

On Thursday, Giroux and Flyers general manager Ron Hextall released statements.

Flyers Pick D Travis Sanheim in 2014 NHL Draft

The Flyers selected a defenseman with their first pick for a second straight year.

The Flyers picked 18-year-old Calgary Hitmen defensman Travis Sanheim with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday. Sanheim will join a group of prospects that could be the future of the Flyers blue line.

Sanheim is 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, and completed his first season with Calgary of the Western Hockey League. In 67 regular season games, Sanheim recorded five goals and 24 assists for 29 points along with 14 penalty minutes and a plus-25 rating.

(Photo by Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer)

Flyers Reach ECHL Agreement with Reading Royals

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today a new ECHL affiliation.

The Flyers have reached a two-year agreement with the Reading Royals to become a part of the Flyers' system, joining the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL).

It is the first time since 1997-98 that the Flyers will have an all-Pennsylvania based farm system when the Philadelphia Phantoms and Johnstown Chiefs were in their system.

Familiarity Makes Hextall the Right Choice for GM

Not long ago, I stood in the Wells Fargo Center elevator and observed a conversation with Frank the operator, Paul Holmgren and Bob Clarke.

Clarke and Holmgren cursed at each other. They laughed. Frank laughed too. The three of them have been with the Flyers for a long time. Many people have been with the Flyers a long time.

There’s a reason for that. Stability and success bring the old guys back and make the new ones desire such longevity in the organization.

(Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)

Hextall Named New GM, Holmgren Promoted to President

In a move many saw coming for months, even after a public dismissal last week, Flyers assistant General Manager Ron Hextall has been promoted to General Manager, and Paul Holmgren has been promoted to President. This was announced in a news conference on Wednesday morning.

Holmgren had issued a denial of any organizational movement after the series loss to the New York Rangers, but in those five days since, that organizational movement indeed occurred.

Hextall, 50, takes over this position after serving this past season as Assistant GM. He had previously served as Assistant GM for the Los Angeles Kings, playing second fiddle to former Flyers scout Dean Lombardi.

Time for Change in Leadership

The Islanders disappointing season continues and after a difficult week with the trade deadline it’s now time to see where the future holds for the team. With one more season on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn, serious evaluations of this organization will be in place at the conclusion of the season.

Ron Hextall In As Assistant GM For Flyers

The Flyers have announced that former star goalie Ron Hextall has been hired to be the Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations.

“We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.”

Hextall's contract is a multi-year deal, Holmgren said, though he wouldn't specify how long just yet.

(Ron Hextall raises the Cup in 2012. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

A Nightmare Finals: Why Are Fans Rooting Against Richards, Carter?

Let’s face it: the Stanley Cup Finals will be a nightmare to watch for Flyers fans.

One scenario will see the hated neighboring-state rival New Jersey Devils raise their fourth Cup in 18 years, pouring more salt in the wounds of Flyers fans who haven’t seen their team celebrate in almost four decades.

The other scenario will see the Los Angeles Kings win their first ever Stanley Cup, a team modeled after the Flyers organization thanks to former head coach John Stevens (assistant coach), former goalie great Ron Hextall (assistant general manager), and former scout Dean Lombardi (president and general manager).

But why not root for the Western Conference team? Because of two former Flyers named Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

Alumni Game is a reminder of Flyers goalie past

Only the Chicago Bears really understand what's going on in Philadelphia.

The National Football League's Bears have had 15 different starting quarterbacks since 1992. No other sports franchise recently has had one of the most important positions in its respective sport be in so much flux.

That is until the Philadelphia Flyers and their perennial problems in net get tossed into the discussion.

Since Ron Hextall was "the guy" in between the pipes, the goalie position has been a revolving door for the Flyers from 1999 until today. They are hopeful the big money they spent on Ilya Bryzgalov this off season finally pays off, putting a stopper on the door.

The alumni game this Saturday is a reminder of the Flyers lack of any consistent goaltending in the last 15 years.